LILIE-OEDK MAKER GRANT

Have a great idea for a business that you would love to build?

The OEDK and the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Lilie) are teaming up to offer a limited number of Lilie-OEDK Maker Grants to undergraduate engineering students! Now, you can tackle an engineering design challenge while also exploring the business potential of the solution. The award grants you access to OEDK materials as well as Lilie mentoring and guidance—build a product and a business plan.

So what are you waiting for? Apply TODAY!

Who can apply?

ANY undergraduate engineering student at Rice may apply for this grant. 

Grant Award

        • ANY undergraduate engineering student at Rice may apply for this grant.
        • The projects can be for yourself, your community, your college, or your world, but they should demonstrate a potential for commercialization through a sustainable business model and venture plan.
        • Grants range from $250 to $2,000, depending on the project needs and budget, and are used to buy prototyping supplies.
        • All grant recipient individuals or teams work with an OEDK technical mentor and a Lilie advisor. Teams will leverage the OEDK mentor for guidance with the engineering aspects of the project, and the Lilie advisor will serve as a business venture coach supporting customer discovery and business model development.
        • Grant-funded projects will be displayed at the annual Engineering Design Showcase, which takes place in April of each school year. Some recipients may be asked to participate in other Lilie or OEDK events, but it is not mandatory.

    Expectations

    • Grant recipients are given Rice ID access to the OEDK and all of its available resources. Dedicated work table space may be assigned if available.
    • Grant funded projects will be subject to participate or be displayed at the annual Engineering Design Showcase, which takes place in April of each school year. Some recipients may be asked to participate in other OEDK events, but it is not mandatory.
    • All grant recipient individuals or teams will be assigned an OEDK technical mentor to offer guidance and/or assist with the project.
    • Project timelines will be determined between the OEDK/Lilie Maker Grant Committee and the award recipient.
    • The final project will owned by the student. The OEDK or Lilie will not keep projects from this grant unless the student or team donates them to the OEDK.

    How to apply

    Applicants will be required to provide the following information in our Maker Grant Proposal Form:

    • Name for the lead contact person
    • Email for the lead contact person
    • List of other teammates if applicable
    • Team or project name
    • Project title - A few words to identify your project purpose
    • Project summary - In 350 words or less, describe what you are trying to accomplish with your project? What is your idea? How do you propose to solve this challenge?
    • Estimated project budget - Upload an estimated budget for supplies, preferably in a spreadsheet format. This may be updated during the process if necessary.

    Applications for this grant are reviewed throughout the school year. There is no deadline to apply.

    Please contact the OEDK at oedk@rice.edu if you have any questions.

    Contact us

    Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen - Rice University

    6100 Main Street MS 390 | Houston, Texas | 77005

    Phone: 713.348.OEDK

    Email: oedk@rice.edu

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